Boy, it's been a while! (Almost 250 miles to be specific...) So what better way to kick off a new blog post than with a great party?
Welcome to Night of Champions!
I cross Mile Marker 2830 in a huge banquet room. Blue and gold balloons punctuate the air with excitement. Wheelchairs zoom between the tables. My family and friends mingle with my Magee Rehab team.
|Worlds collide... in a good way!|
I can't tell you how dismal things seemed when I first found myself at Magee.
In December 2010, my body was raw with wounds. My spirit was reeling from trauma. Every night, I lay awake in bed reliving the accident. And every day, I panicked with the fear of once again having to face the dangerous world outside.
There was a step.
Eight inches high.
The first obstacle I'd encounter as an amputee.
It might as well have been a mountain.
In my mind, I heard the voice of my inpatient PT, Steph. Plant your crutches on the ground. Push up. Put your right foot on the step.
I mobilized my strength -- the little bit I had back then -- and propelled myself upward.
Life isn't a question of can or can't. It's simply a matter of HOW.
It feels like I'm holding the last 4 years in my arms.
|It is a huge honor!|
The award is for a patient who has given back to the Magee community. And while I enjoy giving back to Magee in lots of ways -- as a volunteer in the gym, as an amputee peer mentor, as a member of the Patient Advisory Council -- my efforts can never compare to what Magee has given me.
Magee gave me my life back.
They believed in me when I couldn't BELIEVE IN MYSELF.
For that, I can never say thank you enough.
So after 2,830 miles, I'll just say... BELIEVE.
We've come a long way. We're all champions tonight!
A special shout-out (in order of appearance in my life...) to Dr. Lax, Tama, Steph, Jillian, Deb, Julie, Colleen, Ian, Chris, and rest of Team Magee for all you've done for me and for all you continue to do everyday for your patients and their families.
We couldn't have come this far without you!